*Updated January 30, 2018

2018 is starting strong for the first copper-nickel-precious metals mine in development in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released PolyMet’s draft Permit to Mine earlier this month for public comment.

This is a monumental achievement for the PolyMet project, because we’re another big step closer to building and operating the mine.

We have reviewed the conditions in the permit to build, operate and close the mine and believe we can meet them.

This step also is noteworthy because this is the first draft Permit to Mine in the state for non-ferrous mining. We recognize the significance of this opportunity and the responsibility to do it right.

Attend meetings, show your support

The last step before the DNR makes its final decision on the draft Permit to Mine is a public comment period, which is underway and includes these public meetings:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Mesabi East (Aurora-Hoyt) High School
601 N 1st St W, Aurora
4:00-9:00 p.m. Open house
6:00-9:00 p.m. Public comment forum

Thursday, February 8, 2018
DECC – Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth
1:00-9:00 p.m. Open house
6:00-9:00 p.m. Public comment forum

For efficiency, the state has announced that these meetings will also serve as public meetings on the draft air emission permit, draft water quality permit and draft 401 Certification.

The DNR is also now accepting comments on the draft Permit to Mine and selected other draft permits. Submit your comments of support here.

What is next for the project?

When the public comment periods close on these draft permits in March, all the major state permits for our PolyMet project will have been released and completed their public comment periods. The agencies will then consider comments and make any adjustments to final permit conditions before making final decisions on the permits.

What is in the Permit to Mine?

The draft permit conditions detail monitoring, operating, reporting and inspection requirements during both the construction and operation of the mine. The draft Permit to Mine also details the reclamation and closure plan, short-and long-term water management plan, wetland replacement plan and the financial assurance conditions, including amounts required to construct and begin operation of the mine. See full draft permit applications, status and related information.

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